Monday, 27 February 2012

Scotland 17 v France 23

I said before this weekend that I would settle for one win from two sporting events I was attending and I got that on Saturday, so it was no great surprise to see Scotland lose their third straight match of this year's 6 Nations campaign. It really is all over bar a fight with Italy to avoid the Spoon on the last day.

However, I took a lot of heart from the performance yesterday against a superior French side and when Scotland score two decent tries, you know it's progress, if glacially slow. Our pack dominated the line-out but really didn't build enough from winning possession and our scrum took a second-half pasting as they couldn't withstand the pressure/garlic applied by the French. The front row simply buckled and if we weren't being driven backwards, we were conceding penalties for standing up or collapsing in order to halt the slide. Euan Murray should be back for the Ireland game having sat out the Sabbath but we need to be able to change the pieces more effectively when he's missing.

Sad to see Rory Lamont stretchered off with a broken leg and, not sure if you saw it on telly, but we had a male streaker. I had watched him getting a heavy tricolour painted on his face before the match outside the Murrayfield Hotel but I still managed to recognise him without his clothes! He was pretty fit (in a manly way), if a tad drunk, but he managed a few impressive swerves of the posse before finally being nabbed. Dublin in a fortnight....

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The streaker didn't go unnoticed in France - the commentators named him as a colleague at france television!